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  1. Sex Drive May Be Swayed by Genetics

    May 31, 2006 -- Genetics may affect a person's sex drive, a new study shows. The study -- published online in the journal Molecular Psychiatry -- doesn't claim to totally explain the science of sexual desire, or why levels of sexual desire vary. But the researchers note that their findings deserve m

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  2. Cancer Vaccine Works Long Term

    April 5, 2006 -- A vaccine targeting the sexually-transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer was still protecting women who got it after more than four years, researchers reported Wednesday. The findings represent the longest follow-up yet of an experimental human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine,

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  3. Syphilis Rising in the U.S.

    March 16, 2006 -- Syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease, rose 8% in the U.S. in 2004, the CDC reports. Syphilis has been rising in the U.S. since 2000. The CDC's latest numbers show that 2.7 per 100,000 people in the U.S. had syphilis in 2004. Men accounted for the vast majority of new cases. The

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  4. Oral Sex May Spread Common STD

    Jan. 6, 2006 -- Oral sex raises the risk of a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) called nongonococcal urethritis (NGU) in men, Australian researchers report. NGU is a type of urethritis, an infection of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body. One of the

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  5. Caffeine: Sex Potion for Females?

    Jan. 13, 2006 -- Caffeine may put females in the mood for sex, a new study shows. In the study, female rats that got their first shot of caffeine before mating were quicker than uncaffeinated females to scurry back to a male rat after sex. The caffeinated females weren't just looking for company. "I

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  6. Syphilis, Chlamydia Rates Go Up in U.S.

    Nov. 8, 2005 -- Reported cases of syphilis rose an alarming 8% between 2003 and 2004, worrying national health officials that sexually risky behavior is again on the rise in the U.S. The increase extended a steady rise in sexually transmitted syphilis infection since 2000, when rates reached a 50-ye

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  7. Antibiotic Pill Can Treat Early Syphilis

    Sept. 21, 2005 -- The early stages of syphilis can be treated effectively with a single pill instead of a shot, new research shows. Scientists found that a single, 2-gram pill of the antibiotic azithromycin worked as well as one shot of penicillin at treating early syphilis. The finding could help t

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  8. Condom Errors Common, Raise STD Risks

    July 25, 2005 -- It's not enough to use a condom and assume you're protected from sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy. A new study shows that the condom has to be put on and used correctly in order to provide maximum protection. Researchers found errors in condom usage and breakage were commo

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  9. Chlamydia Most Common in Teens, Young Adults

    July 13, 2005 -- Chlamydia, America's most common sexually transmitted disease, is most often seen in teens and young adults, report CDC researchers. Teen girls had the highest number of cases. Numbers were also high in among blacks, as well as among teens and young adults from economically deprived

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  10. Viagra Abuse Linked to Risky Sexual Behavior

    May 26, 2005 -- Rising use and abuse of the impotence drug Viagra among men who have sex with men may dramatically increase their risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV infection. A new study shows that men who have sex with men and who use Viagra engage in unprotected sex up to six ti

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